RONALD SCHEMAN IS NAMED DIRECTOR OF THE
INTER-AMERICAN AGENCY FOR COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT
The Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), of the Organization of American States, approved the designation of Ronald Scheman, of the United States, as Director General of the recently created Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development.
Mr. Scheman, who has worked extensively in inter-American affairs, served as Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) from 1993 to 1999. His relationship with the Organization of American States began in the 1960s as a staff member of the Department of Legal Affairs. He later served as a Planning Specialist during the administration of Galo Plaza from 1968 to 1970. Five years later he became Assistant Secretary of Management, a post he held for 9 years during the administration of Alejandro Orfila.
In the academic field, Mr. Scheman played a leading role in creating new patterns of financial and technical to small businesses and low income communities. This concept evolved into the creation of the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), of which Mr. Scheman served as Executive Director from 1964-1968. He also served as board member from 1968 to 1993 and president of the board from 1977 to 1982.
In addition to having held important posts in the private sector, Mr. Scheman has authored several books, including The Inter-American Dilemna (1988) and The Alliance for Progress in Retrospect (1989). He is also the author of numerous articles and editorials in different international publications.
The Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development was created in January of this year in order to formulate strategies, attract external resources and promote the development of the member states of the OAS.